Monday, May 20, 2013
Planning a vacation or just a day trip? Patch has all the information on the Shore's best beaches
More than six months after Superstorm Sandy caused unprecedented damage to the Jersey Shore region, the beaches will be open for Memorial Day Weekend and the summer. While certain access points and facilities might be closed as municipalities continue to work on restoration, for the most part, the beaches will be operational. The only beach that remains off limits to the public is Mantoloking. The borough was home to a breach that split Ocean County's northern barrier island in half and was one of the hardest hit communities in New Jersey during the storm. So as you prepare to stick your toes in the sand, are you wondering what will be accessible after Sandy? Need to know how much it will cost to buy badges to your favorite beach? Curious …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The rules side with special interests by blocking access to beaches and waterfronts, Sierra Club says.
State environmental officials have approved a revision of the state's public access rules for beaches, bays and tidal waterways, the Associated Press reported Friday. Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin says the new rules maintain existing public access, while granting more power to local communities to write their own access plans, subject to state approval, the AP reported. The Public Access Rule was signed Wednesday, and will take effect Nov. 5. Jeff Tittel, head of the Sierra Club's New Jersey chapter, wrote a blog post for Patch Friday saying the rules "side with special interests by blocking people from getting proper access to beaches and waterfronts." "When they first proposed the rule it was a major roll…
Monday, August 20, 2012
Governor to appear at 3 p.m. on the boardwalk
Monday, August 20, 2012
Editor's note: Read coverage of Christie's visit here. Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to appear at the Asbury Park boardwalk at 3 p.m. today to discuss the importance of clean beaches and waterways to the Jersey Shore economy, organizers said. The governor's "Promoting the Jersey Shore" press conference will be followed at 3:30 p.m. by a boardwalk and beach walk, according to a release from Christie's office. During the walk, Christie is expected to meet and greet boardwalk patrons and beachgoers, the release says. The press conference will be held on the boardwalk near Convention Hall, 1300 Ocean Avenue, the release says. Check back with Patch later today for full coverage of the event.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Swimming advisory was originally in effect for Imperial House and North Avenue beaches due to high levels of bacteria.
A swimming advisory has been lifted for two Long Branch beaches on Wednesday after earlier tests by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection revealed high levels of bacteria. Bacteria levels have now normalized for the Imperial House and North Bath Avenue beaches, according to the Division of Water Monitoring & Standards Bureau of Marine Water Monitoring Water quality samples from state recreational beaches were collected on Monday, and the Imperial House Beach and North Bath Avenue beaches had exceeded the standard of 104 colony-forming units per 100 ml solution. "There were a significant amount of exceedances to the bacteria standard as a result of receiving over 1 inch of rain prior to the sampling event," the DEP states …